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Character Design
Character Design

This class is for anyone who loves to draw characters, regardless of skill level. Create and develop characters for video games, animated films and illustrations through fun and exciting exercises that strengthen your conceptual ability and skills. Learn how to develop a character layout sheet, a model sheet and a turnaround. This class will emphasize brainstorming, along with conceptualization of a story and ideas. Estimated cost of materials: $50 

Figure Drawing

Drawing the human figure is important training for all artists. By working with a costumed model, you will develop an understanding of form by sharpening your observation skills. In-class discussions will explore how artists from the past and present have depicted the human figure. Estimated cost of materials: $40

Concept Design Basics

Bring your characters, environments, props and story- boards to life. Explore light and shade, perspective, color theory and basic design techniques. Learn how to take 2D line drawings and process them into tones for a lifelike result. Also, explore arranging shapes, values, colors and edges in interesting and intriguing ways to create images that hold the viewer’s attention. Not only will your characters look more dimensional, but the environments and objects will also be more believable. Estimated cost of materials: $40

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Comic Book Illustration

Learn the skills needed to develop your own five-page comic book. From the establishing shot to the splash page, this class covers character design, figure invention, page layout, story structure, basic rules of perspective and classic comic book storytelling. Familiarize yourself with the comic artist’s process, from thumbnails and roughs to a beautifully finished and inked page. Estimated cost of materials: $35

Transportation Design
Intro to Transportation Design

Do you love cars? Discover the industrial drawing skills and techniques that transportation design professionals use. Learn the fundamental design principles and procedures that will make your design the best it can be. This class includes an introduction to transportation design as a profession, and an exploration and discussion of the trends and global forces impacting the present and future of transportation. Estimated cost: $75 for materials and $45 for textbook

Illustration

Apply your drawing and painting skills to produce a variety of projects, including album covers, ads and magazine articles. Learn the basics of color theory using acrylic paint and other media. The class also includes a survey of contemporary problem solvers and the history of illustration. Some previous study of drawing recommended. Estimated cost of materials: $70

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Surrealist Pen and Ink

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Illustration

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Illustration

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Comic Book Illustration

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Creative Sketchbooks, Journals and Altered Books

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Illustration

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Comic Book Illustration

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Creative Sketchbooks, Journals and Altered Books

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Surrealist Pen and Ink

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Creative Sketchbooks, Journals and Altered Books

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Figure Drawing

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Character Design

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Comic Book Illustration

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Drawing from the Nude

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Photography

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Illustration

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Collage

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Illustration

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Photography

Exploring Photography teaches teens to boost their photo skills and personal vision

David Sotelo

David Sotelo (BFA 97 Photography and Imaging)

In the ACX Teens course Exploring Photography, taught by ArtCenter alumnus David Sotelo (BFA 97 Photography and Imaging), students enhance their photographic skills and personal vision through assignments that include portraiture, fashion, narrative and photojournalism. Students learn to construct powerful images that convey their intention and create a body of work that reflects their individual style. The course also includes an examination of contemporary photography. 

“Online classes have been an opportunity to focus on conceptual themes over our craft,” says Sotelo. “We can adjust our creativity toward digital publishing through online platforms like Instagram, blogs, zines and interactive media. Photography has evolved into an interdisciplinary medium that includes video, sound, information design and graphic design—giving us so many opportunities to create powerful and articulate experiences for our audiences.”

Requirements: access to and working knowledge of a film and/or DSLR camera. Estimated cost of materials: $10 weekly for film and processing. Bring samples of your photographic work to the first class meeting.

 
04.05 -06.04

Registration period

04.08

Scholarship deadline #1

05.27

Scholarship deadline #2

06.05 -07.09

Drop period

06.05

Classes begin

06.24

Scholarship deadline #3

06.28 -08.13

Weeklong and Two-week Summer Workshops

07.03 -07.05

Holiday - No classes

07.09

Last day to drop classes

07.12 -08.06

Summer Intensives